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School and education in Ukraine

Since independence in 1991, the country's education system has gained a stronger Ukrainian character. The proportion of pupils with Ukrainian as a language of instruction has increased at the expense of the proportion with Russian. Private and confessional schools have also been established since 1991. There are also schools and classes teaching Polish, Romanian, Hungarian and Bulgarian. School is compulsory and free for children ages 7 to 15. The primary school is 4-years old, followed by a 5-year secondary school. The voluntary secondary school is 3 years old. In 2003, 92% of children started in the relevant age group in primary school. Ukraine has 106 universities. Among the oldest universities are the universities of Kiev (founded 1834), Lviv (1661) and Kharkiv (1805). According to UNESCO (2003), less than 1% of the adult population is illiterate. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Ukraine.

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